The 2023 NBA trade deadline is now just over a week away on Thursday, February 9, and as such, the buzz is heating up. There isn’t much news on the blockbusters yet, but there are plenty of role players to help the contenders bolster their squad for the stretch run.
Check out the latest from around the league:
Matthias Tybull’s defensive prowess is never in question. The 76ers wing made the All-Defensive Second Team in 2021 and 2022 and finished fourth in the league in steals last season with 1.7 per game. But whether he could do enough offensively to stay grounded and make his defense worthwhile was always up for debate.
While the Sixers have tried to make it work in the past, they have shown little interest in doing so this season. Tybull is down to just 12.1 minutes per game, and has gotten a spot to start here and there. With restricted free agency uncertain this summer, the team could look to move him at the deadline.
If so, he will have suitors including the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings. basis Philadelphia Inquirer. After losing Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. over the summer, the Warriors were short on defensive-minded wings, and the Kings could really use a defensive stop when they make the playoffs.
Knicks Looking at the bay
The New York Knicks’ roller coaster season is once again headed downhill as they have dropped to seventh place in the Eastern Conference at 27-25 and have lost six of their last eight games. There are still only two games left. Miami Heat For a top-six spot, however, they will be aiming to be one of the most active teams in the final day. It’s no secret that they want to get back to the playoffs after missing out last season.
Until then, they are interested Detroit Pistons Wing Sadiq Bey By SNY. The Pistons have had a terrible season and currently sit in last place in the Eastern Conference at 13-39. Everyone assumed they would be sellers at the deadline, and teams have been calling about their number of players — most notably Bojan Bogdanovic.
Whether or not Bay will move remains to be seen, but with just one year left on his contract after this season, a deal is likely. However, it looks like the Knicks or any other team will have to make the Pistons worth it. Although Bay hasn’t improved as much as the team had hoped since his rookie season, he’s a big, physical wing who’s caught and shot 37 percent from 3s this season, and rebuilding teams aren’t interested in doing so. Let such players go.